Folks interested in buying a new home in Trophy Club are running out of time.
A shift in development — from residential to commercial — is imminent in Trophy Club, as is the need for a new town hall and police station, said Mayor Nick Sanders as he looks ahead.
“Commercial development was slow in Trophy Club and residential development continued to be high,” he said, adding that the town has been adding homes at a pace of 200 a year for several years, and he expects the limited amount of remaining residential space to be maxed out in 2016. After then, “the only growth will be commercial.”
The Denton County town of more than 10,400, according to a U.S. Census estimate in 2013, isn’t “the most easy on-and-off point” in the Fort Worth area, but with hotels and eateries opening in town soon and the possibility of a civic center, the commercial growth should begin to pick up.
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“At one point, it’ll happen for us,” Sander said.
Trophy Club won’t lose its focus on its quality of life, though, Sanders said.
“We don’t have a lot of shopping, but people moved here because they want to be a part of a community,” he said.
Trophy Club, the state’s first master-planned community, celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Founder’s Day on Saturday at the Trophy Club Country Club.
Local leaders “want to listen to citizens” as they continue city improvements, such as parks, trails and roads. Adding eateries — especially “destination restaurants” — and other amenities and services will only add to the fun.
“We’re continuing to try to offer the best services for our citizens,” Sanders said.
The town is coming off a “successful, yet difficult” year in which several Town Council seats changed, a $11.7 million bond proposition for a new town hall and police station “failed pretty bad” and negotiations for a town center didn’t produce an easy answer. This year, Sanders — elected to his second stint as mayor in May — is hopeful the local government can take advantage of the opportunities.
The mayor is “most looking forward to solving the town hall problem” this year, which he expects to factor into the quality of life of the town.
“We need more space,” Sanders said.
The police station is “five mobile homes put together,” and the town has plans for a bigger Police Department.
While a location hasn’t been determined, the town has cut the size of the previous council’s proposed building by half after it failed in the bond election. Officials hope to have a May bond election for the new proposed joint town hall/police station, expected to be valued between $5 million and $7 million.
“We believe we’ve reduced things that aren’t necessary and made it more acceptable,” Sanders said.
Sanders noted that many residents “engage in the political process,” which helps leaders know what they want.
“Our residents recognize the value of good leaders,” he said. “I think that’s good for Trophy Club.”